Las Vegas Diocesan Conference  Sept 6-7, 2019

Las Vegas Diocesan Conference
September 7-8, 2018
South Point Hotel & Casino


2:30 - 4:30 pm   Pre-Conference Sessions

(Bonus session is included with each full conference registration)

Jo Ann Paradise  - A. Entering the Mystery, Pondering the Trinity

Some people would define mystery as a problem to be solved. In our faith tradition the Trinity is a mystery that we enter into with awe and wonder. This workshop will explore our understanding of the Trinity as the very nature of God and the source of all relationship in creation. We will consider ways to share this truth with learners of all ages.

Michael Ruzicki –  B.  Liturgy: The Source and Summit of Our Lives

Whether we are celebrating the Sacraments, Holy Week, or the Sundays of Ordinary Time, we must consider that there may be many in our congregations that lack the ability, through no fault of their own, to connect the liturgy to their daily lives. This session will offer suggestions that will help “make Mass matter” in the parish community. Simply: prepare, celebrate, reflect. The Catechism states that “the liturgy is the privileged place for catechizing the people of God.” How do we make this a reality so that all may understand the power of the liturgy?

Friday 7:30 - 8:30 pm

Friday Night Keynote: ValLimar Jansen - That We May Be One In Christ

With a culture, a world focusing on the myriad ways we are different from each other, ValLimar Jansen we bring into focus the many ways God calls us to be one in Christ. God’s desire is that we become one with the Holy Trinity, one with all humankind and one with Earth herself. ValLimar will use her unique blend of Holy Scripture, dramatic storytelling, music, prayer and reflection, to ignite the passion within us to become more “United in Christ! Unidos en Cristo!”


Saturday 9:30 - 10:30 am

Saturday Morning Keynote: Julianne Stanz - Five Keys To Fully Alive Faith

St Irenaeus famously said that “The glory of God is man fully alive”. We live at a time when many are not practicing their faith and yet are searching for meaning and values. Our Catholic faith offers us a vision of being fully alive through the love of a God who loves each one of us. What habits of discipleship can help us to become more alive and in love with our faith? What are some important spiritual principles for us to grow as disciples? Come join Julianne Stanz for a journey of joy through story, Scripture, reflection and practical insights.

Saturday 11:00 am - 12:15 pm
Workshop Session 1

1.01  Gene Giuliano - John 14–17: Jesus’ Parting Words    
If you knew that you were going to die soon, what would you say to your loved ones – your family and closest friends? How would you make your wishes known? What would you leave those who remain to help them live on? This session offers a serious reflection on the wishes,
commands, and promises of Jesus before his death. Join us as we consider the ultimate hopes and dreams that Jesus has for us and what he has done and continues to do to make them a reality.  

1.02  ValLimar Jansen  -  Missionary Discipleship and the Arts
Using her unique style of storytelling, music and inspirational message, ValLimar will lead participants through a journey in which they meet people of Holy Scripture and Roman Catholic tradition. ValLimar shares innovative ideas on application and how to evangelize through the art and beauty of the Word of God.

1.03  Brenda Noriega - Breaking Bread
In the Scriptures we constantly see Jesus having meals with people and his disciples. The early Christians came together regularly for common meals, which included the breaking of bread. Acts 2:44 refers to them having “everything in common,” and this no doubt included sharing meals together, each one receiving from the others what they needed. It is at the table when we become family. This workshop will explore how breaking bread in community can unite us in Christ.

1.04  María G. Covarrubias - Alrededor de la Mesa: Un Espacio para la Unidad en Cristo
Alrededor de la mesa abrimos espacios para el encuentro, el amor, la reconciliación y la unidad. Estos elementos son esenciales para vivir una vida con plenitud en Cristo y abrir caminos hacia la salvación. En este taller exploraremos la eficacia del encuentro alrededor de la mesa en nuestros hogares y alrededor del altar en la parroquia. Reflexionaremos como la Eucaristía y la reconciliación son medios eficaces para fomentar la unidad, la paz, y el bienestar en la familia, la comunidad de fe y nuestro propio bienestar.

Saturday 1:30 - 2:45 pm
Workshop Session 2

2.01   Nancy Bird  - Simple Pleasures and the Sacramental Life
Today’s busy multi-tasking world challenges us to think again about how we spend our days with what truly matters. Sometimes living the moment and recognizing the sacredness in everyday things is very hard to do. Come away with twelve tips for truly “Seizing the Day”.

2.02  John Collins  - One Spirit - One Church – One Mission…United in Christ
We read in the Bible God called special people to be part of his plan of salvation. God also calls each one of us. By Baptism we are joined to all the members of the Church, the Body of Christ. God has created each one of us to love and to serve and share our gifts and talents in some work that was given to no one else. We are one spirit, one Church… a community of believers sharing in one mission…united in Christ. Let’s explore what this means using scripture, music, visuals and reflection.

2.03   Michael Ruzicki  - Sunday Mass: One, Holy, Catholic, Apostolic
Every Sunday, Catholics gather to attend Mass. At Mass, we give God our thanksgiving, praise, and worship. We hear his Word and celebrate the Eucharist. Participating at Mass is the most important thing Catholics do each week, for it is at Mass that we are changed, becoming what we receive, the Body and Blood of Christ. The Mass charges us with an important mission—to be Christ in a world that is broken and in need of healing.

2.04   Brenda Noriega - Enraizados en la fe, unidos en la esperanza
La diferencia entre un roble y una planta rodadora del desierto o sorrasca es la profundidad de sus raices. Nosotros como Cristianos estamos llamados a tener raices fuertes y profundas. Cristo es nuestra fortaleza y es en El donde encontramos la esperanza para vivir. En este taller aprenderemos juntos a conocer las maneras en que podemos crecer en la fe y a andar con esperanza sabiendo que Cristo esta vivo y nos quiere vivos para soñar nuevos horizontes.

Saturday 3:00 - 4:15 pm
Workshop Session 3

3.01   Gene GiulianoLiving As a Member of the Body of Christ 
Jesus Christ called people from diverse backgrounds to join him in life together to be the starting-point for a new, united people. And so the Christian community is, from the start, like a large mosaic. Each little piece seems so insignificant and different from all the other pieces.
However, when all are fitted together the result is a big mosaic portraying the face of Christ. This session considers how every single piece is indispensable, because without it the mosaic no longer makes Christ visible in the world.

3.02   Jo Ann Paradise - Celebrating our Catholic Identity: Understanding the “Heart” of our Faith
The question that is often raised by people of good intention in the world today is, “Why be Catholic?” Whether that question comes from a junior high student, or from an office co-worker, we sometimes find ourselves ill equipped to respond. Join us as we reclaim what is at the heart of our faith and celebrate its joy and beauty as we seek to be Christ present in our world

3.03   Julianne Stanz  - Start with Jesus: Reclaiming the Fire of Parish Life! 
Conversion takes place from the “inside out” and so too does the transformation of our communities. This keynote will focus on Jesus’ approach to disciple making and how we might learn these methods from the Master. With joy, humor and practical insights, Julianne will help you to set forth a vision for reaching all people and practical ways by which we can become a community of missionary disciples that set the world on fire.  

3.04   Armando Cervantes - Aprendiendo a Ser Testigos Auténticos Unidos en Cristo
Ser testigos de Cristo no es fácil, en este taller se profundizara este llamado que nos hace Cristo y a unirnos a su santa misión – de dar testimonio del amor de Dios a través de una fe santa, católica y apostólica. Vengan y aprendan ideas prácticas de compartir y vivir este testimonio tan hermoso.

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